End-face contamination is a leading cause of fiber failures in data center, campus and other enterprise or telecom networking environments. See how easy fiber inspection becomes with the IEC 61300-3-35 compliant Fiber Inspector from Fluke Networks.

As the industry moves to higher data speeds, more stringent loss budgets and new multi-fiber connectors, proactively inspecting and cleaning fiber end-faces is more important than ever to ensure network uptime, performance and equipment reliability. However, relying on subjective human inspection of fiber end-faces often produces inconsistent results.

Here is a list of the various ways fiber networks can become contaminated:

  • Accidently touching a fiber end-face
  • Dirty, dusty construction environments
  • Brushing an end-face on clothing (can contain body oils, lint or other substances)
  • Dust in the air
  • Contamination also easily migrates from one port to another every time a connector end-face is mated
  • In fact, any time an end-face is exposed to the surrounding environment, it is subject to contamination
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